SHOBDON WOOD (5-5-19)

Addy, Captain Tina, Susannah (minus her butler), Shazza and Gazelle Boy bravely took part in this 5.2 mile off road course.

The last hill climbs for about one and a half miles but at least you get a glorious descent to the finish line through the amazing bluebell wood. Before the start Susannah was adamant that it should be classed as “challenging” rather than the usual “undulating”. We were all in agreement as the combined ascent is a bigger total than some fell races!

157 runners finished which was an epic with 4 new course records being set.
The Gazelle was the first Hotfooter back in 27th place and finishing 3rd in his age category, as did Tina. Shazza deserves a special mention for being chatted up during the race by a handsome gentleman called Gary, no doubt she will receive a special award for this when the end of season trophies are presented!

Addy won a trophy for being the first female junior but was also 4th lady overall, her highest finishing place to date.

Ludlow fielded a massive contingent of runners. Their ladies team absolutely smashed it with their top three females coming in 1st, 3rd and 5th. Clearly they will be a force to be reckoned with in the forthcoming summer cross-country. Time for us Hotfooters to fly off to our high altitude training camp!

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